There are parts of Richard II that remind me a little of Harry Potter. And it's not just because I kept reading it while playing Harry Potter in the background (although I did). No, it's the part where Bolingbroke has taken the throne and is now King Henry IV and the Duke of York is in a panic because he wants to appear loyal to the new king (even though he was against him, like five minutes ago). So in order to prove his loyalty he immediately decides to sell out his own son, who had been a close ally to Richard II. His wife, the Duchess of York, flips the fuck out and tells him they must do everything they can to protect their only child, especially because she's not getting any younger and it's not like they're going to have more kids. But he doesn't care. All he wants to do is ingratiate himself to the new king at all costs.
Kind of like Lucius Malfoy.
Remember that part in The Deathly Hallows (and a little bit in The Half-Blood Prince) when Voldemort wants Draco to do this really dangerous thing for him and he'll probably get killed and Lucius is all like, "Yeah, serve the Dark Lord!" and his mom is all like, "EEK! NO! NOT MY SON!"? And then at the end when all the forces of good and evil are fighting and it looks like Voldemort's totally going to win and all hope is lost and Narcissa's all like, "Where's Draco? Is Draco alive?" AND THAT'S TOTALLY ALL THE FUCK SHE CARES ABOUT?
Yeah, it was like that.
Next up: Harry IV, Part I